Wednesday, November 14, 2012

10: The Letter of the Law

Blazer: H&M | Top: Victoria's Secret via MJR Sales | Skirt: J.Crew | Flats: Me Too Patty | Earrings: Target | Watch: Fossil | Bracelet: J.Crew | Rings: H&M/F21

When you talk about laws, you can talk about the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. The letter of the law is the exact wording used, the black and white text of it. The spirit of a law is the policy behind it, or what the legislature meant to do when they enacted it. So technically, you can sometimes violate the spirit of a law without actually violating the law itself.

This outfit would violate at least the spirit of most office dress codes. When you break it down, this is just a button down, a pencil skirt, flats and a blazer... but it's a teal python button down, a neon pink pencil skirt, flats with giant bows and a blazer. I'm lucky that the office where I intern doesn't have a super strict dress code, but I'm curious - could you get away with an outfit like this? How formal is your office dress code?

Also, weird hair sticking out to the side: I see you. We all see you.

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  1. Such a beautiful way of violating the spirit of a law without actually violating the law itself! I love the color combination of pink and blue.

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    1. Thanks! I was iffy about it, but by the end of the day I was in love.

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  2. LOVE this! I've been waiting for you to wear that python blouse. I have one in pink myself. I could definitely get away with this at my office because its so casual and you're lucky you can too!

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    1. I've been waiting to wear it too! Hahaha. Something about teal python is incredibly intimidating. Hit me with that pink blouse, I want to see yours!

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  3. Heck yes I could get away with this outfit! And honestly, I don't see what's wrong with it at all! So it's bright colors - so what? I have very strong (read: anti) feelings toward office dress codes. For instance today I'm sneakily wearing black jeans. They look like black pants - so no one's the wiser!

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    1. I feel you- I don't think I could ever work in a super stuffy office. It'd be a deal breaker. As far as I'm concerned, dress codes should be "take a shower and make an effort." I've been thinking about sneaking in my black jeans, now I just might go for it.

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  4. I love pink + blue, and you are sooo cuuuuute in this pink skirt lady friend! I am a grad student, so I could get away with wearing sweat pants everyday, it is when I dress up that people give me funny looks!
    xx
    Here&Now

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    1. Grad students unite!! I could probably get away with straight up cartoon pajamas, but I have yet to test the theory.

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  5. Sam, seriously I am always looking forward what you have to say. I really love your witty personality, always put a smile on my face when I read your smart comments. I should start talking to my hair too hahahaha ;-)

    I work for an engineering company where there is a pretty casual dress code. The engineers -mostly men walking around casual and the women are pretty laid back too so I totally stick out with my clothes and the only woman who wears a dress. WHAT? Yeah crazy I know hahahaha. I am glad there is no dress code so I can experiment and go on the rampage :-).

    There is nothing wrong with your look Sam, it's elegant but in a more vivid, modern and colourful way. Just gorgeous. The only thing that violates here in the pic is your sticking hair pahahahahaha MIAUH :-D

    Have a lovely weekend my sassy laywer friend ;-)

    Ani
    www.fleurani.blogspot.de

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    1. I'm usually the most dressed up, too - at first it kind of freaked me out when people would comment on my clothes, but now I realize that they don't mean anything negative by it. A lady I worked with this summer would come in every morning to see what shoes I had on. We bonded :) Have a fabulous weekend as well, my sassy German!

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  6. Woo hoo I love a little law lesson thrown in with some fashion! 2 of my fave things in one. And right now I'm all school and no work, but the places I've worked in the past I would totally wear something like this (and did). No one else dressed as well as I did, but I always got compliments from my bosses, so I figured I was OK. Keep on doin' yo thang.

    Sarah's Real Life (pssst! Gems & Jam *vintage* giveaway in progress…)

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    1. I should be a professor, right?! As I was typing I was like, do I need to put a "this is not meant to be construed as legal advice" disclaimer on this? ;) Before law school I thought we were destined for a life of black suits... whaaaat a relief that there's a whole world of funky business casual out there. Thang doin' will continue!

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